Will the Gulf be TOO HOT to live in by 2070?
With temperatures topping 50 degrees this year, there has been reports that the UAE, along with Doha and coastal cities in Iran will experience even more extreme heatwaves in the future.
Scientific studies found that the Gulf will experience a climate change that is likely to "severely impact human habitability in the future". The extreme heatwaves are set to kick in after 2070, which will be more intense than anything the earth has experienced before.
The research examined how a combined measure of temperature and humidity, called wet bulb temperature (WBT), would increase if carbon emissions continue along current trends. Scientists used standard climate computer models to show that the fatal WBT extremes would occur every decade or two after 2070 along most of the Arabian Gulf coast, if global warming is not curbed.
Using the normal measure of temperature, the study showed that 45 degrees would become the usual summer maximum in Gulf cities, with 60 degrees being seen in places like Kuwait City. Temperatures would then be unbearable, as according to researchers, once the body reaches 35 degrees, high heat and humidity makes it physically impossible for the human body to cool itself. There have already been numerous cases of deaths reported as a result of heatstrokes following dangerously muggy summer conditions in the Gulf.
However, Abdullah Al Mandoos, executive director of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, has hit back at the reports and claims that the Gulf will not be so alarmingly hot. He said: "Temperatures will increase between 0.3-4.8 degrees by 2100 as a worst case scenario".
He explained that the researchers use specific conditions on which they base their studies, and such studies need to be interpreted within that framework or they would carry no truth. Al Mandoos also stated that "society should not take to heart such reports based on assumptions and predictions that aim to create a buzz but are not based on scientific proof", according to Gulf News.
We guess only time will tell...